Paper Moon

Release Date: March 20th, 1998

DVD Release Date: August 12th, 2003

PG |1 hr 42 min

Plot Summary

Real-life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O'Neal team up as slick con-artists Moses Pray and Addie Loggins in 1930s Kansas. When "Moze" is unexpectedly saddled with getting the 9-year-old Addie to relatives in Missouri after the death of her mother, his attempt to dupe her out of her money backfires, and he's forced to take her on as a partner. Swindling their way through farm country, the pair is nearly done in by a burlesque dancer (Madeline Kahn) and an angry bootlegger.

Cast: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, John Hillerman, P. J. Johnson, Jessie Lee Fulton, Jim Harrell, Lila Waters

Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, The Directors Company, Saticoy Productions

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Playful, Love, Engaging, Small town, Temptation, Escape, Touching, Hilarious, Hotel, 1930s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Tatum O’Neal creates a character out of thin air, makes us watch her every moment and literally makes the movie work. show more

  • 80
    Time Out

    Modern cynicism and efficient acting hold the potential mushiness at bay, and the pair's picaresque odyssey through the Kansas dustbowl, during which they vie for control over their increasingly bizarre partnership, is admirably served by Laszlo Kovacs' marvellous monochrome camerawork. show more

  • 70

    Ryan O'Neal stars as a likeable con artist in the Depression midwest, and his real-life daughter, Tatum O'Neal, is outstanding as his nine-year-old partner in flim-flam. show more

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Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
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Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role